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Uvularia sessilifolia - L.

Common Name Bellwort, Sessileleaf bellwort
Family Uvulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist hardwood coves, alluvial bottomlands, thickets and xeric woods northwards from sea level to 1000 metres[43, 187, 270].
Range Eastern and southeastern N. America - New Brunswick to Ontario, south to Georgia and Arkansas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Uvularia sessilifolia Bellwort, Sessileleaf bellwort


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Uvularia sessilifolia Bellwort, Sessileleaf bellwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Uvularia sessilifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Oakesia sessilifolia. Oakesiella sessilifolia.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Shoots
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[2, 61, 105, 161, 257]. The shoots are harvested when they are still tender enough to be broken off with a fingernail and are used as an asparagus substitute[46, 183]. Root - cooked[22, 46, 61, 105, 183] or used in diet drinks[183, 207].

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Medicinal Uses

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Blood tonic  Poultice

A tea made from the roots is a blood purifier and is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[222, 257]. It is taken internally to aid in healing broken bones[222]. A poultice of the roots is applied to broken bones, boils etc[222, 257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Requires a cool moist shady position and a light sandy soil[1, 42, 111]. Likes plenty of humus in the soil[111]. Grows well in a deciduous woodland garden[42, 200] and in the rock garden[200]. Plants grow much taller in rich soils and then succeed in the herbaceous border[222]. They can spread quite quickly when in a suitable position[233]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -20°c[187]. This species is closely related to U. caroliniana[200]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[200]. Sow stored seed in late winter in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division after the plants die down in late summer. It is best carried out in early spring before the plants flower[188]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the following spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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